Latest COVID-19 numbers pushes Framingham back into the red

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The City of Framingham is back in the COVID-19 red zone.

The April 1 numbers reveal the COVID-19 virus is not fooling around.

The latest figures from the state show Framingham’s infection rate is 4.03 percent, just enough to push the city back over the high risk threshold, and into the COVID-19 red zone where it was for most of the fall and winter.

According to the latest numbers, 7,599 people in Framingham have tested COVID-19 during the pandemic, 5,851 have recovered.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 239 people in Framingham.

Right now there are 1,509 COVID-19 cases in Framingham, with 640 residents now in quarantine.

People here tell me, they’ve had enough.

“You’re trying your best. You are doing what you are told to do, and everyone is waiting their turn for the vaccine like we’re supposed to. It’s hard to say we are not getting any better right now, it’s the same as it was a year ago,” said Ashland resident Cate MacDonald while she shopped in Framingham.

Janice Kiley of Framingham said, “I’m very upset about it. People aren’t following the rules. It could be life and death, look at all the people who died. It’s terrible.”

The news comes as more people in Framingham continue to be vaccinated.

Already, 30,415 Framingham residents have received their first shot, another 11,839 are fully vaccinated.

People here are trying to keep the latest numbers in perspective.

“I’m getting sick of the masks, but what are you going to do? You got to take care of yourself and take care of your family, you neighbors and your friends, you got to do it,” said Eddie Bakerian of Framingham.

Janine Persechini of Framingham said, “It’s saddening to see. But I’m sure we’ll pull through it. I’m just staying hopeful.”

Framingham is not the only community to see rising infection rates. Other nearby towns are also showing higher numbers.

City officials here are not sure why the numbers are rising, but they are urging people to get the vaccine when it is available to them.

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